Cape Girardeau County leads all of its neighboring counties in population growth since the 1980 census; according to the Census Bureau, the county grew to 61,300 as of July 1, 1986, an increase of 4.3 percent over the 1980 census.
An offer has been made to purchase University Hall -- the former Saint Francis Hospital -- from Southeast Missouri State University; sale of the former student housing unit hasn't been finalized, however.
Studies will be placed underway in the next few months by the Memphis District of the Army Corps of Engineers to determine if the long-discussed Bessie cutoff in the Mississippi River near New Madrid, Mo., is feasible; the location takes its name from the town of Bessie, Ky., which rests near the base of an oxbow formed by the river in one of its more tortuous turns; if made, the cutoff would eliminate a "major meander in the river."
Employees of the International Shoe Co. plant in Jackson will vote Tuesday on whether to unionize under the Boot and Shoe Workers affiliate of the A.F.L.-C.I.O.
Sale of reserved seat tickets for the "Arabian Nights" spectacle, to be presented at Houck Stadium Sept. 14-16, starts at the office of The Missourian in the morning; first to secure a block of seats is Mrs. George W. Patton of Cape Girardeau, who takes a nine-seat box for opening night.
Julian N. Friant, special assistant to Secretary of Agriculture Henry L. Wallace, is in Cape Girardeau with his family to spend a couple weeks relaxing and visiting relatives and friends.
The congregations of Hanover Lutheran Church and Eiseleben Lutheran Church at Illmo celebrate their annual missionfest together; good speakers from abroad are heard.
"Christ's Song of Triumph" is to the subject of the Rev. Frank Y. Campbell's sermon in the morning at First Baptist Church; in the evening he talks on "Luther's Little Bible" at the Grand Theater on Good Hope Street.
-- Sharon K. Sanders